L.A. based CG artist and animator Stirling Goetz and animator David Andrade (co-founder and director of Orlando-based Theory Studios) are hosting World Blender Meetup Day this Saturday (March 21).
“World Blender Meetup Day is a free online event that follows the sun across multiple cities around the globe with speakers presenting Blender related topics on a single calendar day,” says Goetz. “We have a great line up of speakers this year from organizations like Epic Games, Tangent Labs, Visual Creatures, Character Mill, Bone Studio, Red Cartel, Theory Studios and many Blender groups around the globe.”
Goetz and Andrade started World Blender Meetup Day to give back to the Blender community all over the world. “This community has given us so much,” says Goetz. “City-based Blender meetup groups have Blender subject matter experts who present to local audiences and this event connects them online to share and meet each other. We hope to unite Blender enthusiasts worldwide, share inspired projects and techniques, and spread the word on Blender software (blender.org). Connecting people virtually in this time is especially important and we are honored to be doing our part to bring people together when they otherwise would not be able to connect with each other.”
Originally developed by Ton Roosendaal in 1994, Blender is a free and open-source 3D computer graphics software tool used for creating animated films, vfx, art, 3D- printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D application and computer games. Cartoon Saloon’s Secrets of Kells, Tangent Animation’s Next Gen and Xilam’s I Lost My Body are among the acclaimed animated projects that were made using Blender’s open-source software.The latest 2.82a version of the software was released on March 12, 2020.
For more info, visit https://www.worldblendermeetupday.org